Star Wars: Droids: The Adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO
Going old school tonight. Want a bit of obscure Star Wars
flavor? Check this out, and see Anthony Daniels add his class as well.Star Wars creator George Lucas had long been interested in animation, and had wanted to tell Star Wars stories in an animated form
. During production of The Star Wars Holiday Special
in 1978, director David Acomba showed Lucas a recent film made by Clive A. Smith's animation company Nelvana. This convinced Lucas to hire the company to produce the animated segment for that film. Lucas was pleased with their work, and in 1984, he again hired them to work on the two animated series he was developing, Droids
These two subjects were chosen because they would appeal to young audiences and because, as the future of the film franchise was uncertain, they would be the least likely characters to conflict with the stories of the feature films.
With these two shows, Lucas (who served as executive producer) hoped to raise the standards for Saturday morning animation; he wanted the animation and voice acting to be better than the average shows of the time. Anthony Daniels felt the same: "I didn't want to do it. I had to be convinced that it was going to be better. I'm no mug—I wouldn't support something just because Lucasfilm was doing it."Pre-production began in May of 1984
. During this time Lucas met with the two series' producers, directors and writers, who collaborated on story ideas. *The stories were inspired by the science fiction stories of Jean Giraud— specifically The Airtight Garage.
Lucas laid out his basic ideas for the series, but wasn't involved with day-to-day matters. As the episodes were being worked on, rough cuts were screened for him.After reading the scripts, Daniels would sometimes rewrite lines of dialogue if he felt they didn't fit his character.
The series was under strict broadcast standards, and there were limitations—set by ABC's Standards and Practices Board—as to what could be shown or dealt with in the episodes.
Writer Paul Dini commented on this in a 2004 interview: "...we were dealing with a regime at the network that just wanted safe children's programming. Every time we wanted to stretch it a little bit, they would kick up a fuss over it".
The Korean company Hanho Heung-Up struggled with the show's designs, which often encompassed up to 24,000 cels per episode. As a result, Clive Smith moved to Korea for eight months in order to assist the company. Smith estimated that each hour-long pair ofDroids and Ewoks episodes cost approximately $500,000 to $600,000 to produce, making them amongst the more expensive animated series for that time.
The opening theme—"Trouble Again"—was performed by Stewart Copeland of the band The Police and written by Copeland and Derek Holt, and the show's "new wave" score was created by Patricia Cullen and David Shaw.
In September 1985, ABC aired a preview special for the Ewoks and Droids Adventure Hour
special entitled The ABC Saturday Sneak Peek and Fun Fit Test w/ Tony Danza, C-3PO and R2-D2
. In the special, Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton teaches gymnastics to Danza and the droids.The series lasted one season and was made up of 13 regular episodes in 1985
. There was also a two-part TV special entitled The Great Heep
in 1986. The first season was then rebroadcast with the second season of Ewoks.
In the mid 1990s, beginning in 1994, the US Sci-Fi Channel ran episodes of the series, along with those of its counterpart, Star Wars: Ewoks
, on its "Cartoon Quest" and "Animation Station" blocks of programming. #starwars #r2d2 #c3po #droids #animation Watch all 13 episodes here!bit.ly/StarWarsDroidsStar Wars Wikia:bit.ly/DroidsWikia